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02-April-11. Mod podge in industrial quantities. What are they doing with gallons....
04-April-11. New Winsor-Newton canvas. much better make in their new Chinese factory
05-April-11. Simply Simmons brushes. they have been hard to get lately. The brush factory manager took his retirement. explains everything




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February 16, 2011 - Art Supplies

The Madame Pickwick hot air balloon has taken off; higher and farther in a value added replication of Around The World in Eighty Days. Today is Day 2 of the eighty day voyage of promotions and sales offers. Well, what is the big deal about the balloon anyway? Didn’t they crash and burn a lot [...]

A step to the right or a right step

February 11, 2011 - Art Supplies

JW has been making varnish for a long time. Their red and blue labels have been pretty iconic reminders of the folk and tole tradition of decorative painting. The Right Step varnish is a bit unique in an era where polyurethane has come to represent the industry standard. Its real old fashioned varnish; syrupy stuff [...]

seminars for the birds

Willow Wolfe will be gracing our classrooms with her presence from March 24-27th. Its a great time of year- still too cold to be outdoors in the garden and warm enough to know that almost all the shoveling and scraping is behind us. Perhaps Voltaire was right when he asserted that Canada was only ”a [...]

Lay the paste on thick

February 9, 2011 - Art Supplies

Its quite surprising that artists are using as much paste as they do. Modeling paste, light modeling paste, flexible modeling paste, smooth modeling paste etc. The choices are quite vast and the sale of the product in gallon formats in not that uncommon. Decorative artist Linda Lock started creating fine art style projects on canvas [...]

Creative imaginings: a twinkling in their eyes

February 8, 2011 - Art Supplies

Creative Imaginations is a new line we brought in at the end of 2010 and it looks promising. There are not too many ”new” products for decorative painting, but this one, while not original is a bit unique in its application for painting. Willow Wolfe was using it at the Decorative Painting Show in Montreal [...]

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